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The first nine months of 2006 proved sobering for the nonprofits – but it wasn’t unexpected. Coming off a year of unprecedented disaster-related support, last year’s donor counts were down a median 2.4 percent when compared to the same period the year prior, according to a new study.
The organization that rallied a nation after the September 11 terror attacks with the phrase “Let’s Roll” is looking for a rescue of its own. Faced with dwindling finances, the Todd M. Beamer Foundation will make a decision about its future in the coming weeks.
One color of natural gas usually is blue, but for nonprofits in and around Fort Worth, Texas, the color is green as they cash in on mineral rights to the tune of millions of dollars.
In two blockbuster technology deals that will impact thousands of nonprofit groups, online fundraising firm Convio has a deal to buy GetActive Software and as reported on NPT.com, software giant Blackbaud has purchased Target Software and Target Analysis Group for $60 million.
In Sebastian Junger’s award winning novel, The Perfect Storm, a confluence of conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. The strong-willed and stubborn captain ignored the warnings and forged ahead, mortally endangering his crew and his ship.
Many people questioned Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they recently unveiled their plans for Google.org — the $1 billion philanthropy arm of Google created to fight poverty, disease and global warming. The two men believe for-profit status for Google.org is the answer to solving many of the world’s problems.
Competitive arousal is what makes online charitable auctions one of the most pleasurable ways to give to a favorite charity. The entertaining, gaming aspect draws participants. And the most likely participant in an online auction is a 41-year-old woman with an annual household income of $108,000, according to preliminary results of a recent study.
The study by Cambridge,Mass.-based cMarket examined more than 25,000 online charitable auction bidders from nearly 1,600 auctions. The firm aims "to help organizations understand the psychographics and demographics of online bidders and ultimately use that knowledge to maximize the potential of online giving," said cMarket CEO Jon Carson.
Entrepreneurial philanthropy. Planetary philanthropy. Venture philanthropy. Innovative philanthropy. Hybrid philanthropy.
These are the terms that have been used to describe a new wave of philanthropic giving. These are also the terms that were heard throughout the recent two-day Slate 60 conference, which brought together the country’s top 60 philanthropic donors.
Charities in the United States raised $260 billion during 2005 and there is every indication that 2006 was at least as good. The American public stands up when asked in the right way by skilled fundraising professionals. And while that $260 billion is more money than the gross domestic product of some small countries, there are some standouts in the fundraising industry in the United States and across the globe. That’s why the spotlight is trained on the people honored in this second annual World’s Best Fundraisers. Editors of The NonProfit Times talk to thousands of fundraisers every year. We also sought suggestions from those in the industry regarding who should be honored. These people and organizations are doing things on the cutting edge. That means that they might not be raising the most money – yet. But, they are testing new paths for philanthropy.
Donors’ backyards can be as small as the school next door, or as large as a Third-world country thousands of miles on the other side of the world. For large foundations, it’s often difficult to define that backyard. For many donors, national and global initiatives are important, but it’s hard to ignore the need in one’s own backyard.